American Morals?

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Listening to the news today, I wonder why I listen. As I type this I know that sounds kind of crazy, but it seems the only news is bad news. Would it hurt to report some kind of good news?

Locally, in Phoenix, AZ a father of a 3 month old decided to go into his place of business yesterday, a bar and leave his 3-month old son in the car for a few minutes. The outside temp. was at least 100F, so the car temp. was unimaginable, and the few minutes turned into an hour. When the story originated the father said he went in to handle “business” and lost track of time. I was skeptical. Now the truth has come out and the father was smoking pot and has been arrested and is in jail. He will have to live with the aftermath the rest of his life. I don’t necessarily want to judge the man, but more the society that has created a man that thought it was okay to stop off to smoke pot since it’s now “legal”, but leave his baby in the car. Actions have consequences and when rules and laws are changed to make everyone happy, it’s so easy to bend them a little more, like leaving a baby in the car for a “few” minutes while getting high, and losing track of time……at the baby’s peril. The thought that making marijuana legal was that it was a victimless crime, tell that to the dead baby.

An 8 yr. old boy and his 6 yr. old sister decided to take the family car to go joy riding after having been put to bed. When the mother woke up, found them and the car missing she alerted the police who put out a BOLO and police who noticed the car driving erratically, put on their red lights and tried to pull the car over. It’s not apparent if the 8 yr. old boy who was driving panicked, but he crashed the car killing his sister, suffering only superficial injuries himself. Only his airbag deployed. This little boy will have to suffer the guilt from a childish decision for the rest of his life. I don’t think anyone is to blame here, I think it’s just children being children, foolishly of course, but I wonder in my cynical way, if someone will need to be held accountable for the girl’s death to make everyone feel better. Will there be lawsuits because her airbag didn’t deploy? Will the police be sued, if it’s possible, for scaring the boy into having the fatal accident?

On the lighter side, Billy Ray Cyrus tells Miley Cyrus that if twerking had been invented in his day, he would have been doing it. If that thought doesn’t make you want to scrub your minds eye….I don’t know what will! Instead of saying what the rest of us were thinking and saying that Miley went a little too far in her unabashed pursuit of fame and outrageousness, he condones it! Huh! Too bad the creator of the foam finger, Steve Chemlar is horrified with Miley saying “I would say that it certainly misrepresented its intent to encourage team support – She took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it.”

As the country was abuzz with Miley’s antics at the VMAs twerking and tongue wagging a Montana court District Judge G. Todd Baugh said a 14-year-old rape victim was “older than her chronological age” and has defended the 30-day sentence given to former teacher Stacey Rambold as appropriate because he was considered a low risk to re-offend. Rambold was charged in October 2008 with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent after authorities alleged he had an ongoing sexual relationship with Cherice Moralez, starting the previous year when she was 14. Moralez killed herself in 2010 at age 16 while the case was pending. I haven’t heard as much outrage about this case as I did about Miley Cyrus’s performance.

Perhaps we need to realign our moral compass in this country. Just a thought. While we’re so caught up with celebrity status and outrageousness, our pillars of society are making decisions like this. Perhaps partly because we have accepted this erosion and degradation of what’s accepted as the norm by society.

What do you think?

© Evelyn Garone 8.30.13

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About Evie Garone

I am an outspoken woman with independent views of the world. I am spiritual but also realistic. I've successfully raised two men who I've sent off to college and am now following my love of the arts, including painting, drawing and writing. Thus, two blogs, two books I sporadically work on, voracious reading, among other loves keep me busy.
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4 Responses to American Morals?

  1. ryan59479 says:

    I feel like there is no solution to this problem because of American values. We as a nation value stupid things. Your example about celebrities was spot on. We exalt them, even though they produce nothing of value to society. And then the same media turns around and bashes scientists. There’s been a movement in this country, a movement away from critical thinking, a movement away from reading and research, a movement away from education. American values, as they stand now, are pretty much only about wealth and power. Success as defined by Americans is owning a big house, driving a fancy car, and having an attractive spouse. We’re a superficial society that values superficial things. Does that make us amoral? I think you could make arguments both ways.

    But I do honestly believe that there is a whole generation of youth coming up through the ranks who have had their attention spans zapped by technology, who have never finished an entire book, and who do not understand math and science–and more frighteningly have zero desire to understand them. What chance does this nation have once these people are at the helm?

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    • Evie Garone says:

      Perhaps if we unfortunately take part in the Syrian debacle and WWIII takes place life as we know it will change and our moral compass and values will have to readjust? I hope you are wrong that the whole generation coming up isn’t that superficial….I do believe that the power structure as we know it is happy that we as a whole are so busy with technology and wealth and our own superficial problems that we don’t see the fleecing that’s going on right before our eyes…thank you for reading and your intelligent comment. Evelyn

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      • ryan59479 says:

        Well I definitely agree with you about the power structure not wanting people to realize how badly they’re being screwed…

        Perhaps I’m being overly cynical regarding the upcoming generation–I realize that my observations are of but a tiny percentage of the overall population. From what I’ve seen, though, things aren’t looking very promising.

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      • Evie Garone says:

        Only time will tell how inept these younger citizens are, or how undereducated and mind-numb and self-absorbed thanks to technology ….

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